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Chelsea Wolfe

California native Chelsea Wolfe has always embodied light and dark. Her music is a raw, dirging doom-folk with hints of blackmetal, deep blues and minimal synthesizer music, but it’s as prone to triumph as it is despair. Her voice is both haunting andseemingly haunted, though whether by angels or demons is unclear. And her lyrics reflect an obsession not only with life’smurkier moments, but the unlikely truths and beauty they so often reveal. It makes sense then that her influences run fromNick Cave, Vladimir Vysotsky and Selda Bagcan to Ayn Rand and Ingmar Bergman, and even more so th ...read more

California native Chelsea Wolfe has always embodied light and dark. Her music is a raw, dirging doom-folk with hints of blackmetal, deep blues and minimal synthesizer music, but it’s as prone to triumph as it is despair. Her voice is both haunting andseemingly haunted, though whether by angels or demons is unclear. And her lyrics reflect an obsession not only with life’smurkier moments, but the unlikely truths and beauty they so often reveal. It makes sense then that her influences run fromNick Cave, Vladimir Vysotsky and Selda Bagcan to Ayn Rand and Ingmar Bergman, and even more so that she hails from thewilder, woodsy northern part of her state. Wolfe’s hometown was a small unspecified burg amidst the trees, idyllic by day andbegging exploration, but forbidding once the fog crept in. Her skewed romanticism began early. At 9, she started sneakinginto her father’s home studio to record warped covers and goth-R&B originals. But growing up, she never shared her music. Itwasn't until recently she considered making music for others to hear.

After a stint abroad with a nomadic performance troupe playing cathedrals, basements and old nuclear plants, Wolfe returnedhome inspired. She began toting around an 8-track and recording as the mood hit, eventually winding up with the songs thatwould become her stunning 2010 debut, The Grime And The Glow. Described as both healing and harrowing, enchantingand narcotic, the album established Wolfe as an elemental force on the rise. Just as telling were a pair of cover songs — thetimeless 'You Are My Sunshine', and a deep cut from Norwegian metal icon Burzum — that in her capable hands managed tosound equally burnt and terrifying. Drawn to Los Angeles’ unique mix of gloss and grit, she moved to the city late last yearand recorded her second album, Ἀποκάλυψις (pronounced “apokalypsis”), out on Pendu Sound Recordings in 2011. Mostrecently, Chelsea Wolfe’s name exploded in the music world after pop artist Richard Phillips used her song 'Moses' in hisnewest art-film starring Sasha Grey which premiered at the Venice Biennale in June of this year. « hide

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LPs
Pain Is Beauty
09/03/2013

4
272 Votes
Apokalypsis
2011

3.9
280 Votes
The Grime And The Glow
2010

3.6
84 Votes
Mistake In Parting
2006

3.4
25 Votes
EPs
A Tribute To Rudimentary Peni
02/17/2012

3.3
9 Votes
Live Albums
Live At Roadburn 2012
09/21/2012

4.1
8 Votes
Compilations
Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
10/16/2012

3.9
104 Votes

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